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Should I buy the Curve or Echo?

Should I buy the Curve or Echo?

As one of the most frequent questions we get from new customers, we wanted to breakdown the differences between the two so you can make an informed purchase. To clarify, both products are based on the same concept and applied the same way. They are both very effective and both come with a lubricant (one in balm form, and the... Read more

4 Home Exercises To Relieve Shoulder Pain

4 Home Exercises To Relieve Shoulder Pain

It starts out as an occasional twinge when you raise your arm overhead or to the side. Then, one day you find yourself squirming to put on a jacket to avoid irritating your “bad” arm. Further along, the intermittent discomfort is now a constant dull ache. Over-the-counter pain remedies cease to work and you are losing sleep because it is... Read more

The #1 Myth For Shoulder Pain

The #1 Myth For Shoulder Pain

There are varying degrees of shoulder pain, from a slight impingement to a completely torn rotator cuff. Today I'd like to focus on the early stages of shoulder pain as that's where most of the myth resides. When I say early stages, I'm referring to impingements in your shoulder. There's just enough pain there to be a nuisance, but usually... Read more

Gua Sha vs. Foam Roller - Which is better?

Gua Sha vs. Foam Roller - Which is better?

If you are an athlete you have probably experienced firsthand the pain and frustration that comes from being sidelined with an injury. We've all been there and know that there's only so much you can accomplish with rest and Advil before you start looking for something drug-free that will get you back in the game. Two such techniques: gua sha... Read more

What Does the Clicking Sound in Your Shoulder Mean?

What Does the Clicking Sound in Your Shoulder Mean?

"Doc, my shoulder clicks when I do this..." Often times I have a patient that says that statement, and it is accompanied by a windmill movement of his or her arm. I always think of what my mother would say when I did the same thing as a kid: “If you don’t like the clicking then stop doing that!” But... Read more

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) Tools

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) Tools

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) tools vary in technique, shape, size, and material. Your Chiropractor will normally use an IASTM tool if you have limited motion, pain during motion, motor control issues, and muscle recruitment issues. Instruments are made up of different materials, have different shapes, and are used for a variety of reasons. Here is a list of different types instruments:... Read more

Is Rotator Cuff Surgery the Answer to My Shoulder Pain?

Is Rotator Cuff Surgery the Answer to My Shoulder Pain?

Shoulder pain is a very common problem, affecting as many as one in every three people. Many people with shoulder pain have problems with their rotator cuff, which is the common term for the four muscles that support your shoulder joint. Billions of dollars are spent annually in the treatment of shoulder pain in the United States. Your first move... Read more

What Are Meridian Lines? And What Is Their Role in Gua Sha and Acupuncture?

What Are Meridian Lines? And What Is Their Role in Gua Sha and Acupuncture?

Many centuries ago Chinese philosophers and healers began to study the rich and complex natural phenomena of life. They carefully observed the environment around us, and also the human body. They noticed patterns in how nature’s energies flow, and also how all things are subject to universal laws. From these roots: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) grew into a comprehensive system,... Read more

Does Gua Sha Help Weightlifters and Bodybuilders?

Does Gua Sha Help Weightlifters and Bodybuilders?

Weight training comes with a fair share of risk, and there is always a possibility of straining or tearing muscles, or developing painful tendonitis or a slap tear. Anyone who spends a lot of time in the gym will know how back, shoulder or neck pain can severely limit your workout routine.  While applying ice to the painful area, getting... Read more

What is IASTM and what are the benefits?

What is IASTM and what are the benefits?

“Just a minute while I go get my scraper…” my colleague said to his patient. I thought about what might be going through his patient’s mind. What is a scraper? Will I have any skin left when he is done? Is it really as bad as it sounds? My colleague was referring to a small plastic device that was triangular... Read more

Gua Sha vs. Cupping - Which one is better?

Gua Sha vs. Cupping - Which one is better?

Is Old the New “New?” An estimated 4.5 million Americans visit the emergency room or doctor’s office because of an adverse reaction to medication, and an additional 2 million individuals already hospitalized experience an adverse drug response. This statistic resonates with many people, therefore in Western society there is a movement away from medications and invasive procedures to relieve pain... Read more

The Evidence and Science Behind Gua Sha

The Evidence and Science Behind Gua Sha

Centered around a mysterious, invisible set of energy pathways and with techniques that baffle the Western mind, traditional Chinese medicine can seem esoteric, to say the least. In that regard, gua sha, the therapeutic method of scraping the skin to alleviate pain and improve health certainly doesn't disappoint. An ancient and maybe one of the earliest known medical practices, gua... Read more